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The Madness of Others, Nara Vidal

By Vivian Mocellin

Interpersonal relationships, love and despair, short stories, legends, anecdotes from Greco-Latin Antiquity and Revolutions. Check out the reading tips ARTE!Brasileiros.

Spheres 1 - Bubbles

Peter Sloterdijk, Translation by José Oscar de Almeida Marques. Liberdade Station, 576 pages

In this first volume of the Spheres trilogy, Sloterdijk resumes the investigation of man and his relationship with the other and his surroundings. For him, the quality of the intimate spaces established between people (as between mother and child) is essential for stepping back or entering the world.

Peter Sloterdijk, Spheres 1 – Bubbles


“As knowledge always leads back home and consequently evokes birth or reveals its meaning for the first time, the returning heroes must once again fight the dragon at the entrance to the maternal portal.”


A wizard of contemporary philosophy, the German Peter Sloterdijk (1947) is dean of the Higher University of Design, in Karlsruhe, and the author of several books – Critique of Cynic Reason, from 1983, made him famous.

The Book of Stranger Things

Michel Faber. Translation by Simone Campos, Rocco, 528 pages

Missionary Peter Leigh joins the colonists of the distant planet Oasis, inhabited by docile but disturbing-looking beings. His mission is to continue the work of evangelizing the aliens. Meanwhile, on Earth, catastrophes are taking on greater and greater proportions.

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Michel Faber, The Book of Strange Things


“That face looked nothing like a face. It was a huge open, pinkish-white nutshell. Or not: it looked even more like a placenta with two fetuses – maybe three-month-old twins, blind and bald – nestled head to head, knee to knee.”


Raised in Australia, the Dutch Faber has released eight books, among them Under the Skin, adapted for the cinema with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role.

the lost daughter

Elena Ferrante, Translation by Marcello Lino, Intrinsic, 176 pages

With the grown daughters going to live with their father in Canada, Leda goes to rest on the southern coast of Italy. There she becomes involved with a young mother and her young daughter, which triggers a series of memories of her unhappy childhood and her frustrations in adulthood as a mother and wife.

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Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter


“I watched her fly towards the asphalt and felt a cruel joy. As she fell, she appeared to me to be a disgusting being. I stayed leaning against the railing for I don't know how long, watching the cars that passed over it, slaughtering it. Then I noticed that Bianca was also watching, kneeling.”


Using a pseudonym, the Italian author became a sales and critic phenomenon, notably with her Neapolitan tetralogy, which began with A Amiga Genial.

The Madness of Others

Nara Vidal, Reformatory, 136 pages

22 women and their stories of love and despair. Each tale bears the name of one of them. Iphigenia, a entertainment of horror, is the only one that escapes from realism. In addition, incest, betrayals and suicide haunt the characters, which the author treats, however, with touches of humor.

Nara Vidal, The Madness of Others


“How did it end up there, in that maternity ward? (…) I never wanted to take care of anyone. He never asked to hold a baby in the hospital. She was afraid of breaking, because she wanted to let go of her arms and see another sapling for whom she felt complete contempt fall to the ground.”


Mineira, Nara has a degree in Literature from UFRJ and a Master's in Arts from London Met University. She has published several children's. This is her second book of short stories.

Fantastic Anthology of Ancient Literature

Marcelo Cid (org.), Ateliê Editorial, 264 pages

A collection of around 300 short stories, legends and anecdotes from Greco-Latin Antiquity. It goes from Homer, in the XNUMXth century BC, to the XNUMXth century AD. Other authors include Plutarch, Herodotus, Lucian of Samosata, Seneca, Plato, Virgil, Horace, Ovid and Pliny the Elder.

Marcelo Cid (org.), Fantastic Anthology of Ancient Literature


“Just as the spider in the center of the web feels immediately when a fly breaks a thread of it and runs swiftly towards that place, as if the breakage of that thread pains him, so the soul of man, when injured some part of the body, rushes to there." (Heraclitus of Ephesus)


A diplomat and writer, Cid (1975) translated Saint Augustine's Dialectics from Latin and published, among others, the novel Os Unicórnios (7 Letters).

Subjectivity and Truth

Michel Foucault. Translation by Rosemary Costhek Abilio. WMF Martins Fontes, 306 pages

Record of the course on sexual life in antiquity, prior, therefore, to the Christian obsession with the flesh. Taught by the philosopher at the Collège de France in 1981, it starts from his History of Sexuality and anticipates The Use of Pleasures and The Care of the Self, published in the year of his death, 1984.

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Michel Foucault, Subjectivity and Truth


“The working hypothesis is the following: it is true that sexuality as an experience is not independent of codes and the system of prohibitions. But immediately you have to remember that these codes are amazingly stable, continuous, slow to move.”


The Frenchman Michel Foucault (1926-1984) is surely one of the most influential philosophers of the last 50 years, mainly because of his studies on social control.


33 Revolutions and Five Tales

Canek Sánchez Guevara, Translation by Julián Fuks, Tusquets Editors, 128 pages

Narrative about the awakening of a young Cuban, black, son of militants. With his father dead after a false accusation of embezzlement, his mother in Madrid and separated from his wife, he finds himself dealing with a crushing daily life; His escape is books, casual sex and avant-garde music.

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Canek Sánchez Guevara, 33 Revolutions and Five Tales


“A swearing concert keeps him moving until he reaches the building. He sighs in front of the elevator stuck on the ground floor and wearily climbs the seven floors. In his apartment, solitude welcomes him with all its nudity and invites him to lie down beside her.”


Grandson of Che Guevara, he was born in Havana in 1974 and died in Mexico City in 2015. Writer, musician, photographer and graphic artist, he left Cuba at the age of 22.

Romance 11 Book 18

Dag Solstad. Translation by Kristin Lie Garrubo, At a Publisher, 160 pages

A bureaucrat in a small town in Norway, Bjorn Hansen questions the mediocrity of his life after two separations and a son he never sees. The theater, the dentist's friendship or the literature of Kafka and Borges are not enough. Need something different. That's when he puts an unusual plan into action.

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“I knew what I was doing. He was fully aware that, after having lived with her for seven years, his most important contribution to preserving their relationship was a series of bouts of simulated jealousy. He had unraveled it. I had no illusions about her.”


Admired by writers such as Murakami and fellow countryman Knausgaard, Dag Solstad (1941) is regarded as one of the most important Norwegian authors.

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